Historian To Speak About Civil War-Era Baseball In NJ

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John G. Zinn

CRANFORD—Historian John G. Zinn will present about “New Jersey Base Ball During the Civil War Era” on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue.

Base ball—two words in the 19th century—came to New Jersey in the 1850s and grew rapidly during the Civil War era. The lecture will trace the game’s origins in New Jersey and point out prominent early teams and players. It will also touch on the impact of the war on the game’s development in New Jersey, how the state’s soldiers brought the new game to the battlefront, and how the early game differed from the modern game, especially regarding rules and equipment.

John G. Zinn is an independent historian. He is Chair of the New Jersey Civil War 150th Anniversary Committee and Chairman of the New Jersey Historical Society. He is the author of The Mutinous Regiment: The Thirty-third New Jersey in the Civil War (2005), co-author with Paul Zinn of “The Major League Pennant Races of 1916: The Most Maddening Baseball Melee in History” (2009), and co-editor of a forthcoming book on Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field. He has contributed many articles to anthologies on New Jersey and the Civil War and on 19th century baseball.

Zinn’s appearance was arranged by the Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee of the Cranford Historical Society, and is sponsored by the Cranford Historical Society and the Cranford Public Library. Admission to is free and all are welcome.

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